Montecastelli

Montecastelli offers a week-long cooking classes hosted by renowned chefs.

Instructors 7

Linda Sarris

Raised in a big Greek-American family with a chef grandfather and a fisherman dad, Linda has been in love with food her whole life. She’s traveled to over 25 countries in search of caipirinhas, fresh octopus, and oysters, volcanic wines and hardcore street food. After the French Culinary Institute and a few stints in restaurants, Linda took off to sharpen her culinary skills in her own adventurous way - working on a farm-to-table cooking school and wine estate in Sicily, spending two summers private-cheffing in Tuscany and consulting for restaurants in Bucharest, Romania, and Bogota, Columbia.

Dan Amatuzzi

Dan’s tenure at famed New York restaurants Del Posto, Jean Georges, Babbo, Otto, and Eataly have shaped the foundation of his wine experiences and expertise. His most popular publication, A First Course in Wine, is a comprehensive guide to understanding and enjoying wine. In 2011, Zagat named Dan as one of New Yorks rising “30 under 30” culinary stars, and in January 2013, Forbes named Dan as one of the nations “30 under 30” to watch in the food and wine industry. Dan has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Radio.

Nicholas Coleman

Nicholas is an international olive oil expert, educator, speaker and co-founder of Grove and Vine, a bespoke full-service olive oil procurement center. He has taught oil courses for Zagat’s Master Class, Bon Appetit, The International Culinary Center, The Institute of Culinary Education, Cornell, NYU and Columbia University, Platinum Country Clubs and to Mario Batali’s critically acclaimed chefs and sommeliers nationwide. He has been a judge at the New York International Olive Oil Competition and the Sol D’Oro Southern Hemisphere Competition in Santiago, Chile.

Jenny Dorsey

Jenny Dorsey is a professional chef and artist based in New York City. She is the founder of Wednesdays, a popup dinner series combining fine dining with engaging conversation. She is also the founder of Studio ATAO, a not-for-profit culinary production studio fusing food with emerging technology with the goal of creating lasting social change. Her work has been featured in Oxygen TV, Harper’s Bazaar, and Business Insider. She has worked as a chef at some of the countries best fine dining establishments including at 2 Michelin starred Atera, Atelier Crenn, and 1 Michelin starred SPQR.

Anna Posey

Together with David, Anna Posey owns a Michelin-starred restaurant, Elske, in Chicago, USA. Named one of Bon Appetite's Best New Restaurants 2017, Anna will draw from Elske’s seasonal New American menu with touches of Nordic-influences, marrying this simplistic fare with the beautiful ingredients available in Italy. Anna will share her passion for the kitchen and quality ingredients and leave guests with a lifetime of memories and the confidence to explore their own culinary intuition and sense of wonder in the market and their home kitchen.

David Posey

Together with Anna, David Posey owns a Michelin-starred restaurant, Elske, in Chicago, USA. Named one of Bon Appetite's Best New Restaurants 2017, David will draw from Elske’s seasonal New American menu with touches of Nordic-influences, marrying this simplistic fare with the beautiful ingredients available in Italy. David will share his passion for the kitchen and quality ingredients and leave guests with a lifetime of memories and the confidence to explore their own culinary intuition and sense of wonder in the market and their home kitchen.

Joey Campanaro

With a culinary approach rooted in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen and honed in a range of America’s top restaurants, Joey Campanaro brings a lifelong affinity for Italian cuisine to every dish he creates. His passion and skills have landed Joey in top restaurants around the country, where he learned from the brightest chef’s in the business, such as Neil Murphy, Joachim Splichal, Jimmy Bradley and Jonathan Waxman.

Testimonials 4

A traveler

TripAdvisor website

One of our best vacations ever! Stress free and tons of fun. Every day a different , wonderful adventure! Jens, the villa owner and our host is one of the most fascinating and knowledgeable persons I've ever met. He arranged several tours of wineries as well as memorable dinners at the Villa and small, out of the way osterias we would never have found on our own. The cooking classes were a highlight! With Jens guidance we managed to create lunches to rival any five star restaurant! we even had our own driver to take us to and from all venues! Morning breakfasts in the courtyard a daily treat. First class all the way. Don't hesitate to book this trip!

A traveler

TripAdvisor website

One of our best vacations ever! Stress free and tons of fun. Every day a different , wonderful adventure! Jens, the villa owner and our host is one of the most fascinating and knowledgeable persons I've ever met. He arranged several tours of wineries as well as memorable dinners at the Villa and small, out of the way osterias we would never have found on our own. The cooking classes were a highlight! With Jens guidance we managed to create lunches to rival any five star restaurant! we even had our own driver to take us to and from all venues! Morning breakfasts in the courtyard a daily treat. First class all the way. Don't hesitate to book this trip!

A traveler US

TripAdvisor website

The villa was a lovely, relaxing with absolutely amazing views. The quaint property was perfect for relaxing poolside, taking wonderful walks through the gardens or gathering as a group in the courtyard for an amazing meal or drink! Guest rooms were very spacious, decorated extremely well and comfortable sleeping arrangements especially with the windows open taking in the beautiful breeze. Jens was a tremendous host; his attention to the details was superb. His cooking classes were over the top, the excursions we took were each better than the next and the restaurants he arranged for us were spectacular....every aspect of the week was exceptional!

A traveler US

TripAdvisor website

The villa was a lovely, relaxing with absolutely amazing views. The quaint property was perfect for relaxing poolside, taking wonderful walks through the gardens or gathering as a group in the courtyard for an amazing meal or drink! Guest rooms were very spacious, decorated extremely well and comfortable sleeping arrangements especially with the windows open taking in the beautiful breeze. Jens was a tremendous host; his attention to the details was superb. His cooking classes were over the top, the excursions we took were each better than the next and the restaurants he arranged for us were spectacular....every aspect of the week was exceptional!

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